The following article on the just punishment visited upon that daring marauder, Ellsworth
, we find in the New York Herald of the 25th.
Is it not plain that blind fanaticism rules the hour in the North
, and that an enemy who could thus discourse upon the noble, manly conduct on our gallant Jackson
, is destitute of all hunter and courage, and deserves the deepest execration and adorn of all the civilized world?
Scarcely have the painful feelings, excited by the sudden death of one of our ablest and most esteemed military officers had time to subside a little, when the public mind receives another shock in the assassination of the gallant young Ellsworth
, whom, though not born here, we were entitled, as a leader of one of our regiments, to claim as a citizen of New York.
He has fallen like Col. Vosburg
, not in the field, where it was his ambition to confront danger, but a victim to a remorseless and treacherous enemy.
To both death came in the shape in which it was least acceptable — to the one by the hand of a vile assassin; to the other by a malady which cut him off just as his military aspirations were about being gratified.
There is this consolation, however, attending the untimely deaths of these two brave men — that they will not be entirely unfruitful of results.
, in making such heavy sacrifices at the outset, will take care to guard as much as possible against their repetition, by imparting increased energy to its military efforts, so as to crush out the rebellion at once.
Few losses that we shall incur during this unhappy contest will cause more genuine tears of regret and sympathy to fall than that of poor Ellsworth
Intrepid, dashing and full of energy, he had all the instincts of the soldier, and he possessed, in addition, a personal fascination which can alone account for the widespread popularity he had attained.
With the gravest of his superiors down to the roughest and wildest of his Zouaves his influence seemed to be equally great.
There was in his air, his manner, and in the ringing tones of his fine, clear voice, something that instantly attracted attention and respect.
He was, in fact, one of those men who seem born to command, and he would have won the highest distinctions in the profession he had chosen, had not the hand of a traitor thus prematurely out short his career.
The manner of his death realizes to us in all its shocking aspects the character of the struggle on which we are about to enter.
It is not war under its usual conditions that the rebels of the South
propose to wage against us. Assassination, incendiarism and piracy are evidently the weapons on which they mean to rely.
The murder of Colonel Ellsworth
is of a place with the savage instincts which prompted the poisoning of the wells in Maryland
and of the refreshments offered to our troops.
The one was as unnecessary and indefensible an act as the other, and they carry us back to periods when men's passions were their only guide.
If such is to be the nature of the contest, the sooner we understand it the better.
It will not provoke us into violating our obligations as Christian men, but it may alter somewhat the manner in which we propose to treat the desperate evil with which we have to deal.